Why is a saltbox house called a saltbox?

The name was taken from a wooden box that was used to store salt in the colonial times during the 1650’s. It became popular after Queen Anne’s taxation of houses greater than one story. The house avoided taxation because the rear of the roof was a single-story even though it was 1 1/2 or 2 stories in reality.

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